The weather has been crazy this winter – first two snow storms around Thanksgiving, then a major windstorm knocking out power for up to ten days at Christmas, and now more snow. My friend Gayle, who is a middle school teacher, said that before this latest snow storm the school year had already been extended through June 26th! She was joking about the possibility of having a 4th of July assembly, but at this rate it may not be so funny!
Ruthie and Thomas get really excited every time it snows, but playing in it requires many stops inside for me to warm up their hands because their lame mother (who grew up in Minnesota, by the way) didn’t buy any snow gear after the first TWO TIMES it snowed this year. So, I’ve learned my lesson – I’m buying mittens and boots tomorrow, so you can count on it never snowing again once I do that. Murphy’s law and all.
One rarity for this snow storm, though, is that today is a beautiful sunny day. And the snow is of the wetter variety, so it sticks to the tree branches and glistens like jewelry – and makes for great snow balls!
Following our romp in the snow last night, the kids hunkered down for some hot chocolate – a favorite treat. I’ve finally figured out the combination of not-too-hot water, a not-filled-too-full cup, and a flexi-straw all work best for optimal toddler and preschooler enjoyment. As we sipped, Ruthie remembered the last time it snowed when we walked to the restaurant for pizza, and she asked to watch the movie we made. I thought that was very cool, and it made me excited that all these technical tools and toys are becoming a part of her every day experience.